Now that the holiday season is finally here, are you excited for all of the seasonal treats? With candy apples, cakes, pies, pastries, and numerous other sweets, it’s hard not to indulge during the holidays. But there are some steps you can take to keep your teeth safe during this season of sugar. Keep reading to learn some healthy holiday habits for your oral health from your dentist in Medford.
Tip #1: Be Prepared When Traveling
This time of year can get really busy with travel, which makes it hard to keep a good oral health routine. To keep your mouth in tip-top shape while on-the-go, keep a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in your purse or travel bag. That way, no matter where you are, you can take care of your teeth and gums.
It’s important, especially during this time of heighted sugar intake, to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Sugar turns to acid that eats away at your teeth’s protective enamel, which is why it’s vital to always brush your teeth. Also, flossing removes plaque that can cause decay and gum disease from in between your teeth.
Tip #2: Pick and Choose Your Sweets
During the holidays, it seems like there are sweets and candy around every corner. It’s okay to indulge sometimes, but you should pick and choose the treats that are better for your teeth. Be picky if it’s sticky—sticky or hard candies stay in contact with your teeth for longer periods of time, which puts them at risk for decay and cavities.
Try reaching for a piece of chocolate instead of a candy cane next time you’re craving some sugar. Chocolate dissolves and washes away from your teeth much faster than other sugary items.
Tip #3: Balance Your Sweets with Mouth-Healthy Treats
Because there are so many temptations around this time of year, you should try to balance your diet out with foods that are good for your teeth. Snacks like nuts, cheeses, gingerbread, and peppermint are all good for your teeth. Additionally, raw veggies are always good for your teeth and body, but these are scarce during the holidays.
Tip #4: Drink Water
Most tap water contains fluoride, a natural cavity fighting mineral. Water also naturally washes away bacteria and acids in your mouth. Try to drink water consistently throughout the day to keep your mouth rinsed of sugars, and to give your teeth some extra protection with fluoride.
Are you ready for the holidays? Now that you know some healthy habits, you can celebrate the holidays and keep your oral hygiene pristine at the same time!
Meet the Dentist
A graduate of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Anthony Giamberardino provides high-quality dentistry to all of his patients. He knows that this season can cause an increase in cavities, which is why he wants you to know some tips on how to keep your teeth healthy. He currently runs his own practice, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (781) 396-3800 for any questions.